Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species

The mission of the Great Lakes Panel is to coordinate the development of education, research and policy to prevent new aquatic invasive species from entering the Great Lakes basin and to control and mitigate those AIS populations already established.


Since 1991, the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species has worked to prevent and control the occurrence of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the Great Lakes. This is an immense task, as more than 180 nonindigenous aquatic species have been introduced into the Great Lakes since the 1800s, many of which are invasive. Once established, these species must be managed and controlled, as they are virtually impossible to eradicate.

The Great Lakes Panel was officially convened in late 1991 in response to section 1203 of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-646), referred to as “NANPCA.” In establishing the Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, Congress recognized that providing sound advice to the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force from experts in a highly-impacted region could make a substantial contribution to the collective management effort at both a regional and national level. Effective prevention and control efforts in the Great Lakes continue to be the first line of defense in slowing or preventing the spread of AIS to other regions of the country.

The Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species is directed to perform the following tasks:

  • Identify Great Lakes priorities
  • Assist / make recommendations to a national Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force  (also established via P.L. 101-646)
  • Coordinate aquatic invasive species program activities in the region
  • Advise public and private interests on control efforts
  • Submit an annual report to the task force describing prevention, research and control activities in the Great Lakes Basin

NANPCA also established that the Great Lakes Commission serve as convener and administrator for the Great Lakes Panel. For more information on the history of the Great Lakes Panel and its operations, please download the Great Lakes Panel Guidance for Operations (PDF). To learn more about Great Lakes Panel activities, use the links on the right.


Erika Jensen, Great Lakes Panel Coordinator,, 734-971-9135

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